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Paul Laird

Paul Laird

Paul Laird

Paul Laird

Director of the Division of Musicology, Laird has taught at the University of Kansas since 1994 after previous experience at Binghamton University and University of Denver. He holds a PhD in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

His research interests include the Spanish and Latin American villancico, Leonard Bernstein, the Broadway musical, and early string instruments. He is the author of Towards a History of the Spanish Villancico (Harmonie Park Press, 1997), Leonard Bernstein: A Guide to Research (Routledge, 2002), The Baroque Cello Revival: An Oral History (Scarecrow, 2004), and was co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Musical (Cambridge University Press, 2002 and 2008). With William A. Everett, Laird wrote The Historical Dictionary of the Broadway Musical (Scarecrow, 2007).

Laird has presented papers and lectures at many conferences and universities in the United States and internationally. Laird directs the Instrumental Collegium Musicum and is active as a Baroque cellist, performing with the Spencer Consort.

In August 2002, he won a University of Kansas W. T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. His current projects include a book on Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and a book on the life and musical output of Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz.

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